I’m a Perennial!

I’m a Perennial!

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I suppose technically I’m a ‘Baby Boomer’. According to Wikipedia, “demographers and researchers typically use starting birth years ranging from the early-to-mid 1940s and ending birth years ranging from 1960 to 1964. Being a 1958 baby, that puts me right in this range.

I’m definitely not a millennial, although both of my boys fall in this demographic segment.

Per Wikipedia, “Millennials (also known as Generation Y) are the generational demographic cohort following Generation X. There are no precise dates for when this cohort starts or ends; demographers and researchers typically use the early 1980s as starting birth years and the mid-1990s to early 2000s as ending birth years. Millennials are sometimes referred to as “echo boomers” due to a major surge in birth rates in the 1980s and 1990s, and because millennials are often the children of the baby boomers.

As much as I’ve heard about Baby Boomers, I’ve never identified as one. Maybe I just don’t like having a label slapped on me.

But today I read a post on Sizzling Towards Sixty and Beyond that resonated with me. I thought, that’s a label I’d proudly wear. It was a guest post, written by Leanne Le Cras from Cresting the Hill. On it, Leanne writes:

The term “Midlife Perennials” originated from a US internet entrepreneur Gina Pell, who defines the term in the following way:

‘Perennials are ever-blooming, relevant people of all ages who know what’s happening in the world, stay current with technology and have friends of all ages. We get involved, stay curious, mentor others, and are passionate, compassionate, creative, confident, collaborative, global-minded risk takers.’

She also says:

“It’s a mind-set about being relevant, staying curious, reinvention, looking outside your own boundaries, and living life fully sans generational boundaries.

I’ll accept this label. I’m a Perennial and I’m proud of it. I will shout it from the roof tops. I dig deeper to embrace life and every moment in it, including the soon to arrive age of 60 that I’m working on embracing (albeit I’ll have to admit this is taking a little more effort). The definition of a Perennial fills my soul with peace. Yes, that’s me. And what’s even better, is that the definition of a Perennial doesn’t depend on what year you were born. This can apply to someone that’s 20, or even 80. Here, the year of our birth doesn’t put us into any specific demographic slot. It’s what is within our hearts, our desires, and our intentions in life that determines whether we’re a Perennial or not.

Embrace life, my friends, with whatever labels you want to accept, not accept, or wear proudly.

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23 Responses to I’m a Perennial!

  1. sizzlesue15 says:

    Thanks for the shout out Trisha and yes I am a perennial too! Turning 60 last year has only made life better and I hope you will join me in my Over 50 & Thriving series and focus for 2018. Have a great day!
    Sue
    Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

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  2. leannelc says:

    I’m so pleased that you could identify with the term Trisha – when I first read it I thought “Yes!” because it is so encouraging and recognizes that we aren’t dried up and dead, we keep re-inventing ourselves and re-blooming. It also allows us to be different – like that cottage garden in your picture.

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    • trishafaye says:

      Your post was perfect! I loved it. And so true. It’s all about our attitude and how we see ourselves. Thank you for an excellent guest post!

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      • leannelc says:

        Hi Trisha – I felt proud and honoured all over again when I re-read your post. I think about that perennial definition every so often and I picture cottage gardens where all the flowers are different and yet all are blooming and beautiful – that’s us in Midlife and beyond xx Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM
        Leanne | http://www.crestingthehill.com.au

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      • trishafaye says:

        Thank YOU Leanne for the original inspiration that started this post. I’d been following Sue for a little bit – and that day she had a guest blogger on, which is how I ended up running across your blog. I SOOOOO enjoyed your post that day!

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  3. Jo says:

    Love this! I’m a 1958 model too, and Baby Boomer has so many no so great connotations that I think I’ll also be happy as a Perennial! Great post.

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  4. Mary Lou says:

    I’m sharing this on social media, Trisha! Such a great post! Love this quote: “And what’s even better, is that the definition of a Perennial doesn’t depend on what year you were born. This can apply to someone that’s 20, or even 80. Here, the year of our birth doesn’t put us into any specific demographic slot. It’s what is within our hearts, our desires, and our intentions in life that determines whether we’re a Perennial or not.” Thank you! ❤
    http://www.meinthemiddlewrites.com

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  5. Mary Lou says:

    Reblogged this on Me In The Middle and commented:
    I’m participating in a Midlife and Beyond Series #MLSTL and just had to share this post: And what’s even better, is that the definition of a Perennial doesn’t depend on what year you were born. This can apply to someone that’s 20, or even 80. Here, the year of our birth doesn’t put us into any specific demographic slot. It’s what is within our hearts, our desires, and our intentions in life that determines whether we’re a Perennial or not.”

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  6. 1962 model here!
    And you would enjoy reading posts over at The Perennial Gen. Their tag line is “growing deeper roots in the dirt and light of midlife!” So true of this season!

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  7. As a 1960 model, I’d much rather have the perennial label too! Really enjoyed your take on this 😊 #mlstl

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  8. Ally Bean says:

    That’s a cute way to think of yourself. I remember reading that the end of the Baby Boomers, like those born from 1956 to 1964, are called Generation Jones. As such they’re more likely to have the mindset of Gen X than the older Boomers with whom they have less in common. I can now think of them as Perennials as well.

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  9. Victoria says:

    I do love this term. I am definitely in the baby boomer age group being soon to turn 68, I can’t believe how close to 70 I am it makes me dizzy. lol

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    • trishafaye says:

      I have a friend that turns 70 this December, while I’m turning 60 in June. It’s funny how much we’re both feeling many similar feelings with us each having a milestone birthday this year.
      Have a wonderful day!

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  10. Sylvia Lance says:

    “I’ll accept this label. I’m a Perennial and I’m proud of it.” YES!!! ME TOO! I loved this post! thanks for sharing!

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